Plays - Vichitra Veena, Saraswati Veena, Ranjan Veena, Triveni Veena & Guitar.
Invented – “Ranjan VeenaTM” and “Triveni VeenaTM”
Born in 1955 at Kolkata in a well-to-do music loving family. Youngest child of Smt. Mahamaya and Shri Dinabandhu, Niranjan’s affinity towards music grew from his very childhood and this initial attraction towards music became respect and regard in his teenage, then in youth it changed to love and passion. Subsequently music became part and parcel of his existence as both motto and profession in real life. Initiated into music by his elder brother Chittaranjan, Niranjan was trained systematically in western and Indian music by Guitar Maestros Kazi Aniruddha and Shri Rajat Nandy. Subsequently he also continued to receive training in Indian Classical Music from Pandit Gokul Nag (a noted sitar player from Bishunpur gharana, father of Pt. Monilal Nag) and completed M.A. in music in 1978.
He first appeared in A.I.R Kolkata as a Yuv Vani artist in 1972. Then he acquired grades in western music (B High) in 1980 and Indian Sugam Sangeet in 1981 and got ‘A’ grade in light music in 1989 from All India Radio. He joined as staff (guitarist) in A.I.R Indore (M.P) in 1988.In Indore he started playing Vichitra Veena and gave many performances for Akashvani, DoorDarshan and important musical concerts at different places of the country. He is also a Commerce graduate. He is a versatile instrumentalist, he is not only expert in Western Music & Sugam Sangeet(Light Music) but is also equally skilled in Indian Classical music and plays Vichitra Veena and Ranjan Veena with sublime dexterity.
Wide imagination, profound scope of pleasant creative Alaap & Jood, Fast Jhala, improvisation and systematic (Raga) composed presentation (Bistar), mixture of Gayaki and Tantrakari, Brilliant Laykari, Drut taan characterize his presentations.
He continuously engaged himself in research for several years to develop an instrument which could have nuances of Veena, Surbahar, Sitar and Guitar, yet having a different and impressing unique tonal appeal for the listeners. Dedication, endeavor and search took about ten+ years, which finally enabled him to create a musical instrument named “RANJAN VEENA” which satisfies all the requirements of Indian Classical Music.
He retired from All India Radio,Indore as an ‘A’ grade artist after 25 years of service. He considers himself fortunate to get ample recognition from the music fraternity in India and abroad. He has performed in many prestigious concerts with his new invention Ranjan Veena and other instruments.
Some of his performances include:
- He gave inauguration and introductory performance at Bhopal (Bharat Bhavan).
- Bengaluru (Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Annual Sammellan)
- Indore (Sangeet Natak Academy- Delhi)
- Bhopal (Raivandra Bhavan – Ustd. Allauddin Khan Sangeet Natak Academy)
- Jabalpur, Udaipur
- DoorDarshan Kendra Indore
- DoorDarshan Kendra Delhi – (National Live) have telecast his interviews highlighting varied features of Ranjan Veena. And many more….
Everywhere he has received huge appreciation from music lovers and critics for his musical innovation and presentation style.